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Just in case you were wondering…..

….this is not a project of epic proportions.

It’s not a reinventing-the-stocking-project.

Like taking a Pringles can and wrapping it with zebra duct tape to create a stocking for the new millennium.

As exciting as that sounds….

….it’s more of a mini-stocking-makeover.

Kind of like when Kathy Lee and Hoda nab an unsuspecting woman off the street and take her into the studio.  And they change her hair color and give her a new hair cut and style and put some eye shadow on her and dress her in some Spanx and a really cute outfit from JC Penny’s.  And then she comes out from behind the curtain and her family is all like “You look incredible.”  And then the lady breaks into hysterical sobs because she realizes that she has finally left the 1970′s behind and stepped into 2013.

Not that the 1970′s isn’t all that and a bag of chips.

It’s just sometimes we all could use a mini-facelift.

Or a good pair of Spanxs.

Whichever comes first. 🙂


How To Make Personalized Christmas Stockings

with Stocking Tags


small rectangular pieces of wood

white paint

Mod Podge

matte clear acrylic spray



Step 1:  Paint tags

Take the small wood rectangular pieces.

Paint them white with acrylic craft paint.

Drill a small hole in the top (you can always skip this step and hot glue the ribbon if you want).

Lightly distress with sand paper.


Step 2:  Mod Podge photos

Print off photos on your ink jet printer.

Seal them with a clear acrylic spray.  Let dry completely.

This seals the ink jet image and prevents smudging when you go to Mod Podge

Mod Podge a layer on the wood and the back of the ink jet image.

Place image on wood and add another layer of Mod Podge on top.

Smooth out wrinkles.

Let dry completely overnight.


Step 3:  Add ribbon

Cut ribbon in half and thread through holes of finished photos.

Repeat with each photograph.


Step 4:  Tie photographs to stocking

Tie the photographs on with a bow and make sure they lay flat.

Now Santa will know who’s stocking to fill. 🙂


It’s such an easy fun project and they would make fun present toppers, too!

I hung the stockings with their new stocking tags next to the pink-a-palooza tree in the gatehouse office.



It’s a classic white tree from Balsam hill that almost looks real….

…..if white trees truly grew in forests covered by dragonflies. 🙂


There are layers and layers of branches decked with birds and patterned ornaments.


And a disco ball or two.


….what’s Christmas without a little rockin’ around the tree. 🙂

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  1. Image for Debbie Debbie

    I'm usually more conservative with decorating, but wow, your palooza tree is stunning! It shines and sparkles! And the stockings...so cute...especially with the photo on them. What a wonderful idea! Too bad my kids are all grown and gone, but that might be a neat idea to make for the grandkids...when I have time...all 9 of them. Debbie :)

  2. Image for Christine Christine

    Karianne, I can't stop staring at all the color and the sparkle and the feathers and black and white photos. Oh you're daughters look just like you! Cute ideas and so much fun!!

  3. Image for Funky Junk Interiors Funky Junk Interiors

    Absolutely adorable idea! And that TREE. Girl... I never saw this amazing colour thing coming on. I think every single girl ought to have her own gatehouse to play with! Outstanding, KariAnne! Everything is so beautiful!

  4. Image for Heather Heather

    I want to come rock around the pink a-palooza tree with you my friend!! I A.D.O.R.E it!! It was a matched made in heaven…a beautiful white tree and the gatehouse! Thank you for joining in on the 12 Bloggers of Christmas…you're truly a rockstar! ;) Heather

  5. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    Oh my what a wonderland for me. I love EVERYTHING....... but what in the world did you do to that plain, simple white tree........ other than the ornaments, to make it look so very, very fantasy land????? HUH? I looked at the tree at the site and it is NOTHING without your magical touches.......... give girl.

  6. Image for rachael rachael

    I love your tree and have the same white one! Can you tell me where you got some of your ornaments from?! Most of the holiday stores in my area have shut down over the last few years and I don't know where to go!

  7. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Happy Pink Saturday, dear friend. It makes my day to find you here. And, who could resist all of your gorgeous pinkness this year. You know I love it all - just like I love you.♥

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